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Gov. Glenn Youngkin kicked off Virginia Ag Week on June 13 by announcing that eleven Virginia cities and counties, including Bedford and Franklin Counties, will receive $214,000 in state funds to support new investments into the infrastructure supporting their local food and farming systems.

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There will be a fireworks show at Parkway Marina beginning at dark Saturday, July 2, as well a newer show by Mitchell’s Marina in Craddock Creek the following night, July 3. Shown are fireworks from the last fireworks display at Parkway Marina.

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With it being hot outside, Franklin County Public Schools (FCPS) Director of Operations Jason Guilliams gave an update during the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 21, on elementary schools and addressed the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

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During the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 21, Franklin County Public Schools (FCPS) Director of Operations Jason Guilliams addressed what Franklin County will do to better protect students because of the Uvalde, Texas, shooting.

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The murder of a New York physician’s assistant — allegedly at the hands of a Smith Mountain Lake resident — has created headlines throughout the country, even making the pages of People magazine.

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On Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m., Captain Mike Harmony will be signing off on the radio as his last official day at work after being employed with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years.

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Americana singer-songwriter Todd Snider will return to the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. to perform music from his latest release, “Live: Return of the Storyteller.”

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After a brief hiatus for the past two years, concerts and music series at Virginia State Parks are back this summer and will include bluegrass, jazz, gospel, country, rock and roll, symphony and contemporary. 

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Residents living in and around the Wirtz area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening.

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Jean Maas submitted this photo of a child up close with a fish at the end of Hales Ford Road. Submit your lake photos for a chance to be published in the Smith Mountain Eagle and Lake Life magazine. Email files less than 10 MB to editor@smithmountaineagle.com. Include photographer name, area…

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Chief of Bedford County Fire and Rescue Janet Blankenship presents the Regional Outstanding EMS Leadership award for 2022 to Captain John Singer of Moneta Rescue Squad 8 at a recent monthly meeting. Singer has more than 23 years of service with the 25-member volunteer squad, including person…

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Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced June 6 the members of the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support, a commission formed on his first day in office.

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With it being hot outside, Franklin County Public Schools Director of Operations Jason Guilliams gave an update during the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 21, on elementary schools and addressed the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

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During the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, June 13, a rezoning application requested by JAM89 LLC was discussed by representatives from JAM89. Their request was to reclassify the zoning designation of a 27.6-acre parcel and obtain a Special Use Permit to allow a townhouse…

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During the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, June 13, the Public Service Commendation Medal for fire and rescue personnel was presented to Director of Fire & Rescue Janet Blankenship, and recently retired county employee Julie Creasy was recognized for nearly 30 years o…

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During the Franklin County School Board meeting on Monday, June 13, Mr. Williams (no first name given at meeting) reflected on how the Uvalde, Texas, shooting impacted him personally and discussed the steps that will be taken to ensure student and faculty safety in schools.

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Be ready to be regaled once again on June 24 at Smith Mountain Art Council’s (SMAC’s) next Coffeehouse Series by the machinations of Linda Kay Simmons of Moneta and her cast as they theatrically read scenes from her novel “Lightning Shall Strike” published in 2018.

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At its meeting the evening of Tuesday, June 14, the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission approved a series of no-wake buoys that should dramatically improve boating and navigational safety along Smith Mountain Lake in the Huddleston and Penhook communities.

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The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) brought back the Lakeside Singers recently at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. The theme of the 18 rousing numbers belted out by the singers was “Love Letters.” Here, Maddy Cresdsell dances during the group’s opening number.

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Paige Bullen and Clark Bechtle from Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia were on hand June 2 at Bridgewater Marina to help celebrate $100,000 donated over the past five years from Bridgewater Marina’s Feed the Fish for Make-A-Wish campaign. The event featured free popcorn and beverages, and a bunch …

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Buffer gardening is one of the easiest ways that lakefront homeowners can impact the water quality of our lake. But a lot of neighbors and contacts often tell me that these gardens either cost too much or are too hard to plant. Typically, I’m asked: How long? How wide? What type of plants? H…

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Invasive vegetation can arrive at Smith Mountain Lake by “hitchhiking” on boats, trailers and fishing gear. These aggressive plants, most notably hydrilla, can also get a foothold when individuals dump aquarium and water garden plants in the lake.

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Trippie Hippie, a store that opened at 130 Scruggs Road, Suite 104, in Moneta during the winter months, has been finding its place in the community over its initial four months of operation.